30-year-old mother of two children Abby Clint lives in Erie, Pennsylvania. This state, as well as many more US states, has recently affected the measles epidemic. On April 30, she posted on Facebook a post stating that on this day her youngest seven-month-old daughter, Madeline, received her next vaccinations. In a post, Abby said that she herself was not vaccinated in childhood, and therefore she had to catch up and be vaccinated during her two pregnancies.
“Thank God, I did not get measles during pregnancy! I am glad that my little ones will not suffer from preventable infectious diseases. Vaccinations save lives. I am proud that I vaccinate myself and vaccinate my children! ”- wrote Abby in her post, accompanying him with an infographic, clearly demonstrating the risks associated with preventable infections, as well as the lack of scientific evidence for any relationship between vaccines and autism in children. It is with this supposedly existing relationship that the anti-vaccination sources usually argue their refusal to vaccinate children.
The post Abby became viral and expectedly caused holivar in social networks. In the comments, users said that, like Abby, they were also not vaccinated in childhood, but they decided to vaccinate their children.
Many thanked Abby for vaccinating children, because by doing so she takes care of the safety of not only her daughters, but also babies who are still too early to be vaccinated, and people with weak immune systems for whom infections can be fatal.
However, Abby, of course, became the target of harassment from active anti-vaccines.
Since then, Abby has been at the center of a stormy debate about vaccination, which is going on in American society due to measles outbreaks in different states. She actively promotes the importance of vaccination of children not only in social networks, but also in the media. Many local and national online publications wrote about her, and recently Abby along with her daughters, two-year-old Josephine and seven-month-old Madeline, even appeared on the television channel FoxNews.
In an interview with the local resource YourErie, Abby told why she was not imparted as a child: “There are six children in my family. During the third pregnancy, the mother had complications, there were misunderstandings with the doctors — since then she has lost faith in medical methods. There were no drugs in the parental family except for folk remedies, and no one was ever vaccinated. ”
Abby herself for the time being did not think about it, but when she got married, she was greatly influenced by conversations with her mother-in-law.
She told Abby that she almost died of rubella herself, explained to her daughter-in-law the importance of vaccinations and asked to be vaccinated on her own and vaccinate children. Abby followed her mother-in-law's advice and does not regret it at all.
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